There were two really scary front page news stories in Thursday's Star: one on al-Qaida and one on UMKC's response to blatant sexual harassment (7/12, A-1, "UMKC settles women's lawsuit"). I will address the latter.
As I was hurriedly reading through the article to make some sense of the university's response to the horrific working conditions in the psychology lab, I came across the words "large revenue generators of the university," referring to the professors involved.
In the business world, money is often the end-all as profits soar at the expense of just about anything. But we cannot tolerate this kind of mentality anywhere, especially in a community of learning, where respect for each individual should be the highest priority.
Although I am the mother of two sons, as a parent I feel a kinship with the mothers of daughters who still feel powerless in the face of such discrimination; such awful and inexcusable behavior. And, what's with the professors' promotions and raises? When many would have been disgusted if the people involved got just a "slap on the hand," we should now be outraged that they got a "pat on the back."